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Thursday April 21, 2016

Porirua Mayor throws hat in the ring By Nikki Papatsoumas

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett is the latest candidate to announce he will make a bid for the Wellington mayoralty in October’s elections. Last week, Mr Leggett declared he had resigned from the Labour Party and would stand as in independent in the mayoralty race. He joins incumbent Mayor Celia WadeBrown and Wellington City Councillors Justin Lester, who is running under a Labour ticket, Nicola Young and Jo Coughlan. Rumours have been rife Mr Leggett would throw his hat in the ring for several months – however he insisted the decision to run was only made recently after a discussion with his wife. “I decided that I was going to step down as Mayor of Porirua last year. “Wellington can do better and I was invited by quite a broad range of people in Wellington to consider running for the mayoralty there.” Mr Leggett said he believed he could offer Wellington a “fresher, yet experienced leadership”. “Wellington has been stalled at the lights for quite a while… it hasn’t been doing as well as it should. “We need a mayor that can get Wellington going again and encapsulate a vision of all the great things Wellington contains and then drive it forward.” He said if elected, he would look at leveraging on Wellington’s assets. He said he would focus on health, the environment, economic growth and affordability for all

Wellingtonians. Mr Leggett first joined the council table at the age of 19 and spent three terms as a Porirua City Councillor, before being elected Mayor of Porirua in 2010. He said if elected, he hoped to get the council to work around a “shared vision”. “I am experienced in local government… I have demonstrated a passion for Wellington as Mayor of Porirua and I don’t come with the battle scars of Wellington City Council. “It’s about bringing a strong voice for Wellington, and someone who can demonstrate leadership - not play political games.” If elected, Mr Leggett said he would like to see communities across Wellington in control of their own “destiny”. “A solution to the cycleway debate is letting the Island Bay community decide an outcome themselves – that needs to happen in every community in Wellington.”

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett has announced he will make a bid for the Wellington mayoralty in this year’s local body elections.

City Mission Store project manager Jeremy Neeve at the city based op-shop

New store for mission By Nikki Papatsoumas

Wellington City Mission opened its very first ‘City Mission Store’ to the public this week. The City Mission store, located on the corner of Taranaki St and Abel Smith St, opened to swarms of people on Monday. The store is a second-hand shop with a real difference – making sure to sell high-quality goods at prices that are truly affordable. The store stocks a range of items including clothes, furniture, linen, bedding, household items and entertainment items such as DVDs, CDs, games and books. All proceeds from the store will ensure the mission’s vital programmes and services are available for people in Greater Wellington when they need help. City Mission Store project manager Jeremy Neeve has been driving the project. He said on Monday more than 100 people browsed through the op-shop within the first hour of the store opening its doors. He said the store’s central city location was chosen because of its visibility. “We had been keeping an eye on this shop and once a decision was made at

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board level we went for it.” Jeremy has spent the last couple of months collecting donated high-quality used items to sell in the store. “We have a lot of corporates who are really generous to the mission. We delivered bags and they took them home and filled them for us. “It has been so well accepted as a concept by the corporate market, they have been really supportive and been donating really good stuff which is great.” The Wellington City Mission has a long history of finding new homes for items too good to throw away – beginning with jumble sales in the early 1900s. Until the 1980s, the mission even had a second-hand shop inside their iconic old building on Taranaki Street.  The City Mission store will be open six days a week, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 3pm Saturday. Donated items can be dropped off during these opening hours, or can be collected from homes and workplaces. Right now the store is looking for quality donated goods, and volunteers. If anyone is interested they can call 0800 245 542, email collect@citymissionstore.nz, or visit citymissionstore.nz

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